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Probation for Co Armagh man who breached court injunction

Defence said community service had been ruled out as her client had been in a very serious motorcycle accident

Craigavon-Courthouse

A Lurgan man has been sentenced to two years probation after breaching an injunction which prohibited him from harassing an injured party.

Court heard the 51-year-old had been ruled out of community service after being involved in a serious motorcycle accident.

Colm Francis Breen, of Ballynamoney Road, appeared for sentencing on breaching an injunction prohibiting harassment at Craigavon Magistrates’ on Friday.

Sentencing in the case against the defendant had been deferred with him being instructed to stay out of trouble and have no contact with the injured party.

Prosecution outlined that on August 25, 2017, the injured party applied for an injunction against the defendant preventing him from contacting her via any means.

On March 26, the injured party contacted police claiming that there had been numerous breaches.

These had mostly been chance encounters between the two due to living within close proximity.

Defence barrister Ciara Ennis stated: “This is a complicated set of facts but two of the breaches were accepted.

“On the last occasion Judge Kelly had said that community service and probation were to be explored but since then Mr Breen suffered a very serious motorcycle accident and through no fault of his own has been ruled out of community service.”

She added: “He was previously employed on the oil rigs, in a very good job, but he has been told it will be at least a year before he can return to work.”

Breen was sentenced to two years probation and District Judge Steven Keown put in place a restraining order for two years to run parallel to this.

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